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These items caught my eye – 8 August 2013

1: Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll; 2: Subsidies And Taxes Complicate The Future Of Nuclear Power; 3: The Waubra Foundation; 4: Why is it so easy to whip up opposition in this country to almost any economic development?; 5: global warming: “greatest global delusion in history” …; 6: Galileo Movement Video: It’s Steam – Stupid; 7: Real Politic: Carbon Tax Pessimism (Part I); 8: NOAA Confirms Model-Defying Global Temperature Stagnation…2012 Was Among Coolest In 21st Century; 9: Some like it hot; 10: A Sensitive Issue and Why Advocacy is not a Moral Imperative ; Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context..
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Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll

Posted on August 8, 2013 by Andrew Orlowski

Analysis Public perception is tilting in favour of the UK exploiting its rich shale gas reserves, according to a survey conducted by the University of Nottingham.

After asking thousands of Brits whether they backed shale gas in Blighty as a cheap source of energy, yes or no, and subtracting the negative percentage from the positive, the overall score was 11.4 per cent in favour in March 2012. Having asked 2,126 peeps in July this year, the score is up to 33.4 per cent identifying shale gas as a cheap source of energy.

The perception of shale gas as a “clean energy” has also shifted. The survey authors wrote:

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Subsidies And Taxes Complicate The Future Of Nuclear Power

Posted on August 8, 2013 by papundits

By Robert Geringer ~

Rising maintenance costs and a sharp decrease in natural gas prices have put the future of some nuclear power plants into question. But other plants face retirement under the burden of specific taxes and anti-competitive green energy subsidies.

Mark Cooper, a senior fellow at the Vermont Law School, recently published a report identifying the problems facing America’s fleet of nuclear reactors. Forced to compete with coal and natural gas in deregulated electricity markets, some nuclear power plants struggle to keep pace.

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The Waubra Foundation

Posted on August 8, 2013 by grumpy

The Waubra Foundation is a national Australian organisation formed in 2010 to facilitate properly conducted, independent multidisciplinary research into the new health problems identified by residents living near wind turbines and other industrial sites which may have common cause.

Our focus of attention on infrasound, low frequency noise (ILFN) and vibration as causal agents of mental and physical health problems near industrial wind turbines has strengthened. We also respond to requests for information and assistance from people impacted by other sources of ILFN and vibration from both rural and urban environments, in occupational and residential settings. We have a particular interest in better understanding the effects of ILFN in quiet background noise environments at night, and the reported effects on sleep disruption, which has well accepted adverse health consequences.

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Why is it so easy to whip up opposition in this country to almost any economic development?

Posted on August 8, 2013 by Roger Helmer MEP

In Germany (having foolishly decided to close their nuclear fleet) they are busy building or refurbishing some 25 coal-fired power stations — and coal is currently one of the cheapest technologies for generating electricity. That’s despite their green pretensions. And not just Germany. In Japan, too, they will rely more on coal. Meantime China and India are building coal capacity as fast as they can. No chance for emissions reduction, if you care about that.

Yet we in Britain seem paralysed on the energy front. Interminable delays on new nuclear capacity. Gas-fired power stations being mothballed. Old coal power plants being closed (because of the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive). And no one dares to mention coal, because the green lobby has such a grip on the public imagination, and around the throats of politicians.

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global warming: “greatest global delusion in history” …

Posted on August 8, 2013 by pindanpost

It’s a mad, mad, world says Steve Goreham: Climatism is the ‘Greatest Global Delusion’ in History

Is the earth on a collision course with catastrophe? The climatists say it is and that human beings are to blame. But environmental researcher and author Steve Goreham, author of the The Mad, Mad, Mad, World of Climatism, says that’s just not so.

Climatism is the belief that man-made greenhouse gasses are wreaking havoc with the climate and destroying the planet. Climatists say the gases from industry are warming the earth so much that the ice caps are melting, the oceans are rising, and the polar bears are threatened with extinction.

If there’s a heat wave, a cold snap, stronger than usual hurricanes, droughts or floods — climatists say it’s all because of man-made climate change. They add that if we don’t curb our evil, carbon-emitting ways, the earth is doomed.

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Galileo Movement Video: It’s Steam – Stupid

Posted on August 8, 2013 by tallbloke

One of my pet peeves is the way the media always use images of power stations shot from an angle at a time of day when the steam condensate coming out of cooling towers looks like smokey air pollutant. I mentioned it quite recently as being at the top of my list of annoyances about the way climate and energy issues are reported. Now the Galileo Movement in Australia has made a nice short (2min) video to alert the public to the way they are being lied to, manipulated and deceived. (Video available via the link.)

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Real Politic: Carbon Tax Pessimism (Part I)

Posted on August 8, 2013 by Kenneth P. Green

“The day after enactment, environmentalists will start calling for raising the carbon tax, decoupling it from revenue neutrality to finance more wind and solar boondoggles. And they’ll still want additional regulations to drive emissions down faster. If conservatives resist this, they’ll get the same ‘denier’ routine they get now.”

I first started working on climate policy in 1997, first in California, then Canada, and then in Washington, D.C. Having spent seven years inside the Beltway, I’ve now returned to Canada, working for the Fraser Institute on natural resource policy.

In the states, I watched the U.S. edge nearer-and-nearer to very bad climate policy, that being a mixture of cap-and-trade and ad hoc regulation. The inside-the-beltway “consensus” was that we were inevitably headed for national greenhouse gas (GHG) control legislation.

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NOAA Confirms Model-Defying Global Temperature Stagnation…2012 Was Among Coolest In 21st Century

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Pierre Gosselin

The political beauty about climate data is that it can be easily manipulated in order to fool the public.

The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its State of the Climate in 2012: Highlights. To no one’s surprise, the report gives the reader the impression that warming is galloping ahead out of control. But their data show just the opposite.

NOAA Confirms Model-Defying Global Temperature Stagnation…2012 Was Among Coolest In 21st Century

Global Temp and NOAA claims

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Some like it hot

Posted on August 5, 2013 by trustyetverify

Two posts ago I ended with the rhetorical question: “How long would it take before someone uses this thunderstorm to connect it with extreme weather/global warming/climate disruption?”. In the mainstream media that I normally follow there was none that seemed to try this. Not a peep. I was surprised. Just a couple years ago the media brought two full pages after two storms (see previous post).

Now we had a cold winter, followed by a cold spring, then a heatwave, after this half a dozen thunderstorms (from which two large ones) and finally the hottest day of the century with temperatures over 35 °C. One would expect cries that this is evidence of global warming, climate change or at least climate disruption. Where I usually look I found nothing. Rien du tout. Nada. Zip. Noppes.

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A Sensitive Issue and Why Advocacy is not a Moral Imperative

Posted on August 6, 2013 by Jaime Jessop

So, the climate debate rushes swiftly on, not so meandering now, not gently spreading out and forming nice ox-bow lakes of comfortably ‘settled science’, but gushing anew, foaming and bubbling as ‘radical’ viewpoints begin to be expressed in the mainstream media and observations of ‘non-warming’ start piling up like so much drifting snow against the front entrance of the warmists’ enclave.

I would say that this paper by Otto et al in Nature Geoscience caused the first really major geological upheaval and set the waters rushing downhill once more. It is authored principally by IPCC scientists and is peer-reviewed (a must it seems, on any papers having to do with climate science, though noticeably not so in many other scientific research fields). I quote:

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